For us Brits, skiing in Europe is a well-established routine. In fact, on average more than 6 million of us flock to Europe for our ski holiday every year. But is it time to escape the crowds, ditch the routine and experience a whole new destination?

Take the plunge to go long-haul for your ski holiday and you won’t be disappointed as we reveal the best places to ski in Canada. Skiing in Canada is your best bet when you compare how Canada’s ski resorts stack up against Europe and other long-haul ski destinations like New Zealand. With stunning scenery, tons of other winter activities to try and the ski season in Canada being the longest, here’s why Canada comes out on top….

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Why Canada ski holidays should be on your bucket list

As our above infographic shows, there are tons of benefits when it comes to ski holidays in Canada. But don’t just take our word for it – we’ve asked the UK’s favourite ski publications and some of Canada’s top ski resorts about why a ski holiday in Canada is a must.

  • The snow
  • The picturesque transfers to Canada’s ski resorts
  • The accommodation and activities you can enjoy at Canadian ski resorts
  • Ski lift ticket prices are affordable
  • The friendly locals and staff

The Snow

Many Canadian ski resorts have excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding thanks to a climate that produces perfect powder and varied terrain. This makes Canada the ultimate ski destination worldwide and we have no doubt about how impressed you will be once you visit for yourself.

Kendra Scurfield, the Media & Communications Manager at the popular resort of Banff Sunshine Village, knows full well that Canadian snow is one reason that Canada is such a great ski destination:

“At Banff Sunshine Village, we recommend a Canadian ski holiday for many reasons. First, our snow! At Sunshine we don’t make snow - our mountain is covered with natural, light, dry, powder; perfect for learning and advancing on.

“Sunshine Village has the highest elevation of a ski resort in Canada. This combined with our location on the continental divide makes us a magnet for all-natural snow. Our three mountains of vast terrain are divided equally among beginner, intermediate, advanced, and extreme terrain, making Banff Sunshine a mountain that progresses with you. Our team members specialise in guest service, and our views are truly magical. Combined, a day at Sunshine will have you making plans for your next Banff ski vacation.”

Annick Marseille, a public relations officer from Mont Tremblant, agrees with us that the terrain is a highlight of a skiing holiday in Canada, “I’d say the variety of the terrain is probably one thing that makes it a good choice - whatever your level or preference is, there is a mountain or a trail for you. In Tremblant, you can opt for the steep 42 degrees Dynamite or wide 6.1km groomer Nansen, tree-skiing (glades), natural terrain, easy, intermediate or difficult. We also have alpine touring trails for the way up. All at the same mountain! And once you are done with the skiing part, we are very good at après-ski, too. Le P’tit Caribou is a famous après-ski bar that celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018 and it has been named the fourth best après-ski bar in the world by Forbes.”

Other popular ski resorts that offer up amazing conditions for skiing and snowboarding are Fernie, Kicking Horse and Nakiska, which offers you the perfect conditions to learn the art of these winter sports.

Cali Sammel, the Media Relations & Social Media officer for Ski Nakiska and Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, told us a bit more about the snow you can get at these resorts.

“Fernie gets amazing snow (up to 37 feet a season), has a large variety of terrain – from beginner to double black, is an authentic Canadian ski town and has a huge selection of ski-in/ski-out accommodation.

“Kicking Horse boasts the 5th biggest vertical in Canada (new terrain opening this winter), has a huge variety of intermediate terrain and Canada’s highest elevated restaurant (Eagle’s Eye), as well as ski-in ski-out accommodations.

“Nakiska offers the best learning mountain, a top-notch ski school and amazing views of the Canadian Rockies.”

Tips for first-time skiers or snowboarders in Canada

Plan ahead for your Canada ski holiday

Planning for any holiday is a necessity, there is a lot to consider and the last thing you want to do is make a rash decision or rush into a holiday that you aren’t prepared for. Planning is extra important for a ski or snowboard holiday, due to considerations regarding weather, equipment, and things like lessons for inexperienced skiers. There’s a fair amount to organise so that you can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime.

Kendra Scurfield from Sunshine Village has touched further on this point: “For first-time visitors to Canada, we recommend planning ahead. Canada does require an entry visa for many countries. Make sure you have your electronic visa well in advance of arriving at Canadian Customs. If you’re visiting Banff, we recommend flying to Calgary International Airport, the gateway to the Rockies. We also advise checking the weather forecast. Our favourite months for deep snow are February and March as they are historically ripe with fresh powder. Pack warm! You’ll need long-johns and layers. If you have time, you can shop for warm ski gear once in Canada. For those first timers at Sunshine, we always recommend signing up for a lesson or a tour of the mountain to learn the layout. It will help skiers and snowboarders new to Banff to become familiar with the mountain.”

Ski it for yourself

Is Canada sounding like the new best thing when it comes to a ski trip? If you are interested in experiencing the best skiing in Canada or want to go on a winter break, then check out our Canada holiday packages and find a trip that suits you.

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